Evergreen Meeting History

Overview, present focus and history of the current phage-related meetings

Starting in 1945, Max Delbrück greatly stimulated and redirected the course of phage research by organizing annual phage courses and still-ongoing phage meetings at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, drawing scientists from around the world and leading to the development of molecular biology. Phage research and funding blossomed, but then declined as new phage-derived techniques enabled the molecular analyses of other organisms, and the Cold Spring Harbor phage meetings evolved into “Phage and Microbial Genetics”. The Evergreen International phage meeting, started in 1975, was developed to again provide an affordable meeting that focused primarily on phage. Much is now happening in more general microbiological meetings and smaller, specialized meetings to reflect the widespread resurgence of interest in phage and their applications, occurring in places such as Tbilisi, Georgia; Leuven, Belgium; the Pasteur Institute, Paris; southern France; Nottingham, England; the King Ranch, Texas; Edinburg, Scotland; and Belfast, Ireland. http://www.union.wisc.edu/phages

►The XXII Phage and Virus Assembly Conference. This biennial meeting was started by Bob Edgar, Bill Wood and Fred Eiserling in 1968, at a time when the Cold Spring Harbor meeting was primarily focusing on such phenomena as gene regulation and lysogeny; held different places each time, it has a good balance between phage and other viruses. This year, it will be held October 9-14 on the Gulf Coast in Port Aransas, Texas, put on by Ian Molineux [molineux@mail.utexas.edu]. –>